How JFS is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak—and how you can help

Financial Assistance

We know many people are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, and we are now able to offer one-time grants through our Emergency Financial Assistance Program. Anyone can submit an application, and those needing long-term assistance will be able to speak with a case manager.

Community Food Pantry

Due the outbreak, we are operating our Community Food Pantry on a no-touch basis by appointment only. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please contact Sharon Gayner at 610-821-8722 ext. 101 or sgayner@jfslv.org.

Counseling

Our therapists are continuing to provide counseling sessions for our clients by telephone at this time. 

Social Isolation

JFS staff have been calling all of our current clients to check in on them and see if they have any needs, and we encourage you to do the same for your own community. Remember those individuals you know who may not have family or friends close by. If you’re talking with someone who needs assistance, please tell them to contact Rebecca Axelrod-Cooper, our community impact and intake coordinator, at 610-821-8722 ext. 105 or racooper@jfslv.org. Rebecca checks her phone messages twice a day, and she will refer their call to the appropriate staff person. When someone calls directly, it is easier for us to respond directly. JFS will respond to you in a confidential, professional manner.

Volunteering

At this time, our staff are responding to the limited needs of our clients. As this is a very fluid situation with daily changes, we appreciate those of you who have come forth to volunteer. Currently, we are using a select group of experienced volunteers who are doing targeted activities such as dropping off deliveries. More volunteers will be needed in the near future, and we are looking forward to engaging you as we ramp up our operations.

 

For a volunteer opportunity you can work on from home, please check out The Heart 2 Heart Project and The Send-A-Card Project.

  • Webinars

    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have offered a webinar series on the impact on mental health and ways to cope. Watch all the free replays on our Explore Topics of Interest page.